"A lot of people left New York's Chinatown after 9/11"

Oct 16 , 2019 |

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Annie Tan is a remarkable person. Born and raised in New York's Chinatown, a few blocks from where the Twin Towers once stood, she is a teacher, activist, and storyteller. In this video, she recounts her childhood, the strength of the Chinese-American community after 9/11, and how her work as a special education teacher allows her the opportunity to serve other minorities today. She takes China Current host James Chau down Doyers Street, a uniquely angular passageway that she says is so shaped to deter ghosts and evil spirits from entering the community. This is as much a historic retelling of a piece of New York as it is a story of the Chinese diaspora who have contributed to the rich fabric of America.

 

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